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Security breaches an internal risk

More than 35 per cent of Australian IT departments have experienced severe security infringements such as illegal access to corporate resources, according to an IDC survey. The most frequent security breaches are unauthorised access to corporate information and misuse and usage of IS systems, applications and e-mail. IDC's senior software analyst Natasha David said IT managers should not focus exclusively on protecting their systems from external attacks. "Survey findings show that 56 per cent of all security breaches discovered were illegally performed by internal people," she warned.

Hands-free virus checks

Symantec Australia has released Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.5 and claims it is the only product of its type with closed-loop automation technology for the corporate network. Part of Symantec's Digital Immune System (DIS), the closed-loop technology has been designed to improve systems uptime through automatic, hands-free virus detection without administrator intervention. New flood control capabilities also decrease bandwidth problems that occur when too many users attempt to submit infected files.

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